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New Jersey Ice Cream, Day 1: TLC’s Polish Water Ice, Wildwood, NJ

Although I’ve been writing about pizza, my real favorite food is ice cream.  So in addition to my New Jersey pizza tour, I’m also going on a New Jersey ice cream tour.  I’m traveling the state of New Jersey to find the best ice cream.  Tune in each day for the next two weeks as I sample a new ice cream shop.

You’ll find TLC’s Polish Water Ice at various locations down the shore.  I got mine at the Wildwood boardwalk.  Polish water ice was created by Thomas B. Curyto, Sr., of Polish descent.  It has a creamier and smoother consistency than Italian ice, similar to the cream ice at Rita’s.  Italian ice should be somewhat creamy or smooth and not icy.  I’ve reviewed a few good Italian ice places on my blog like Andy’s.  Polish ice doesn’t have fat, but probably does once you pair it with soft serve, like I did, for a Polish freeze.

I was a little disappointed that it didn’t look like the depiction on the sign, where the two flavors blend into one swirl.  It is different from Italian ice and I don’t think a comparison is a fair assessment.  I think both can be enjoyed on their own.  It’s fun to try the Polish freeze for something new, but I don’t think it compares to a good Italian-style cream ice.

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Two for Tuesday: Ice Cream

Ice cream is our Two for Tuesday this week.  Well, ice cream-related desserts–gelato and Italian ice–to be exact.

L’arte del Gelato is my favorite gelato place in New York City.  I haven’t had a flavor here I didn’t like.  And the flavors are consistent–consistently great!  Its Web site says it uses the “finest ingredients” in their “natural state,” and I suspect that’s why the gelato here is so good.  This time, I got a flavor I hadn’t gotten before:  coconut.  A wonderfully clean coconut flavor.

Whenever I eat Italian ice, I go for the traditional lemon.  With flavors like mojito, cookie dough and pink lemonade, Andy’s Italian Ices truck delivers more than just the standards and makes lemon ice seem a little boring.  At Andy’s, there are water ices like lemon and creme ices.  My mom talks about a delicious creme ice when she was a kid called vanilla yum yum at a stand in Hoboken.  Andy’s doesn’t have vanilla, but I chose cannoli, which sounded good.  Cannoli is flecked with chocolate chips and pieces of real cannoli shell for a little crunch.  The creme ice does have an authentic cannoli-like flavor while being both creamy and refreshing.